“…book of super-heroic size, barely liftable if you’ve never been bitten by a radioactive spider…The blockbusters may not merit repeat viewing, this book certainly does.”
“A solid collector’s item for fans of this enduring company and the work they have produced… Old covers of Marvel issues now look more vibrant than they did when they were first printed.”
“…far more detailed and informative than any other book on the comic legend.”
“…there is stacks upon stacks of rare comic covers, interiors and the odd original art. Seen at this massive scale, it’s no exaggeration (sic) that your jaw drops… It took me nearly a month to read this book and was one of the best experiences I’ve had and relived a lot of old memories and learnt a lot more about the pre-60s. Just make sure no one uses this book as a doorstop.”
“The book is truly a thing of beauty. To paraphrase Richard Dreyfus in Jaws, ‘You’re gonna need a bigger coffee table’…A collectors dream, only something like this could truly reflect the impact of Marvel Comics upon the zeitgeist. Stan Lee – the real Captain America, we salute you…”
“…This enormous tome is also the only book featured here that could be usefully employed in hand-to-hand combat. ‘Nuff said.”
“TASCHEN’ s 75 Years of Marvel is one fantastic book, jam packed with some of the greatest comics produced by Marvel. This enormous book is by far the greatest representation of the History of Marvel Comics!”
“…what an amazing book this is! I consider this book the definitive chronicle of Marvel and a ‘must have’ addition to the collection of any hard-core Marvel fan…”
“…a fun and undeniably cultured addition to any man’s coffee table.”
“…An absolutely essential book for any comic book fan.”
75 Years of Marvel Comics. From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen
A mighty history
Building the House of IdeasFrom the very first issue of pulp impresario Martin Goodman’s Marvel Comics in 1939, the comic book creators of Marvel’s Golden Age flipped the traditional fantasy script by placing the inhuman and the invincible into the real world. With the likes of the fiery android Human Torch, vengeful sea prince Sub-Mariner, and pip-squeak-turned-paragon Captain America, Marvel created a mythological universe grounded in a world that readers recognize as close to their own, brimming with humor and heartache.
In the early 1960s, this audacious approach launched the creation of heroes who have since become household names—Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Avengers, Thor, the X-Men—the list goes on. Fans still celebrate it as the Marvel Age of comics, an era populated by a pantheon of bickering heroes, misunderstood monsters, and noble villains.
In celebration of Marvel’s 75th anniversary, TASCHEN presents a magnum opus of the most influential comic book publisher today, with an inside look not only at its celebrated characters, but also at the "bullpen" of architects whose names are almost as familiar as the protagonists they brought to life—Stan “the Man” Lee, Jack “King” Kirby, along with a roster of greats like Steve Ditko, John Romita, John Buscema, Marie Severin, and countless others. With essays by comics historian and former Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, this book delves into the heart of thousands of costumed characters who continue to fight the good fight in comics, movies, and toy aisles of the world.
The XL-format book includes:
• More than 700 pages of near 2,000 images including vintage comic books, one-of-a-kind original art, behind-the-scenes photographs and film stills, as well as rare toys and collectibles
• A four-foot accordion-fold timeline
• Biographies of more than 300 artists, writers, editors, and famous fans who helped shape Marvel's history
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© 2020 MARVEL
For starters, it’s big—really big! It also celebrates the whole scope of Marvel’s achievements. Other recent books focus on the creators or characters, specific story arcs or eras. Our TASCHEN book walks the tightrope in between all these elements, combining comics, original art, photographs, and other pop culture artifacts with their stories to convey a sense of how something that started as a fun, exciting diversion for schoolchildren could evolve into one of the main pillars of the entertainment industry as we know it today.
2. What sets Marvel apart from other comics publishers?
Marvel from the start combined awesome artistic skill with a powerful mix of relevant, comparatively realistic storytelling. The inventive layering of stories to create a larger narrative that kids (and later teens and adults) could relate to became known as the Marvel Universe—which has since been called the largest and most complex effort of serial fiction ever attempted.
3. Tell us about the author…
We are so fortunate to have Roy Thomas, the authority on Marvel, to tell this story. As the first one in the door after Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko laid down the foundations, he was truly instrumental in helping the comics to grow up alongside their readers—and he knows all the stories behind the stories, to boot!
4. What—or who—are the book's highlights?
Bill Everett, Carl Burgos, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby laid the groundwork (along with Stan Lee) in the “Golden Age” of the 1940s. Featured modern masters include Barry Windsor-Smith, Jim Starlin, Frank Miller, John Byrne, Arthur Adams, and many more. But the bulk of the book showcases the explosion of creativity during the 1960s—the “Marvel Age of Comics”. In less than ten years, a tiny “bullpen” of artists and writers—Lee, Kirby, Ditko, Gene Colan, John Romita, Don Heck, Dick Ayers, along with Roy Thomas, John Buscema, Jim Steranko, among others—produced hundreds of dazzling new characters, from the Fantastic Four to Spider-Man, Hulk and Thor to the Silver Surfer. How so few people could have such a profound influence on popular culture in such a short time is without doubt the most mind-blowing Marvel tale.
5. In making the book, did you discover anything you weren’t expecting?
Absolutely. The rarely explored “Atlas era” of the 1950s was a huge surprise. Yes, it’s horror and sci-fi, westerns and romance—very few super hero comic books were done in the ’50s. But the art is top-notch, illustrating a developing mastery of storytelling across all the genres of fiction—and much of it done under the strict, watchful eye of the newly implemented Comics Code Authority. This mostly-forgotten era was not just a training ground for the best artists to get even better and faster, it planted the seeds for Stan Lee to reinvent the medium for all time. Marvel has stood at the pinnacle in all the years since.